When I was a student in Kuopio, I was a member of the Aivopesula committee, made of volunteers arranging monthly neuroscience meetings. The main idea was not to just listen to a talk, but also to meet and discuss with other interested people in the university, the academic hospital and so on. At first coffee and cookies were served, followed by a not-so-long talk. The function of the meeting would be completed during the buffet with free snacks and beer.
It was great pleasure to do the shopping, prepare the snacks, chop the salads and prepare the buffet once a month with friends. And next week, I will have the privilege of giving the talk.
As far as I know, there is no Drosophila researcher in Kuopio, and I will try to convince the audience that Drosophila melanogaster is useful for neuroscience research, with some historical examples and some from our recent paper (Yalgin et al., 2015).
I will also touch upon our current work with alternative oxidase (AOX) in Howylab, Tampere.